Matthew Sobol was a legendary computer game designer - the architect behind half-a-dozen popular online games. His premature death depressed both gamers and his company's stock price. But Sobol's fans aren't the only ones to note his passing. When his obituary is posted online, a previously dormant daemon activates, initiating a chain of events intended to unravel the fabric of our hyper-efficient, interconnected world. With Sobol's secrets buried along with him, and as new layers of his daemon are unleashed at every turn, it's up to an unlikely alliance to decipher his intricate plans and wrest the world from the grasp of a nameless, faceless enemy - or learn to live in a society in which we are no longer in control. . . .
Computer technology expert Daniel Suarez blends haunting high-tech realism with gripping suspense in an authentic, complex thriller in the tradition of Michael Crichton, Neal Stephenson, and William Gibson.
©2009 Daniel Suarez; (P)2009 Penguin Audio
"Suarez's riveting debut would be a perfect gift for a favorite computer geek or anyone who appreciates thrills, chills, and cyber suspense....A final twist that runs counter to expectations will leave readers anxiously awaiting the promised sequel." (Publishers Weekly)
Disturbingly plausible plot.
From the first incident in Daemon to the final wrap-up in Freedom, this story is exciting and thought provoking.
Can't believe it. A great performance is ruined by a endless story. Every body dies. That includes everybody. Even in "Freedom". No closure in either book. I'll bet we'll see the sequel to the sequel.
The storyline is great- and should give everyone something to think about. This is not just a techie-geek story; its a look at the future of society.
Pete Sebek of course
Didn't really think about it-- with regards to audio books, you don't really think about who's talking- just if you can tolerate their reading of your favorite book. Jeff was able to do this.
read the book, now have the audio to listen to while commuting.
Even more rare when I leave a review, however this book has really caught me wanting the next book like I've very rarely experienced.
A very realistic possibility even with today's technology really lets you become emerged into this book and characters quickly.
I would HIGHLY Recommend this and the second book to anyone looking for a good read, scifi or not!
In this highly suspenseful story, the author takes you back and forth between a computer game and a real life parallel. I was struck by the similarity to the non-fiction work by Sheldon S. Wolin, Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of totalitarianism.
The writing is fast paced (always good in this genre) and the dialog is great. The story line is interesting and I was able to suspend belief in reality up until the last few chapters when the author completely lost me.
Bullet bikes as assassination machines was just too much.
I really didn't expect something so thought provoking in this book, but this is really the author's look at injustice in a corrupt country and one way to correct it (in a pretty gratifying, justice is served, kind of way). I liked it and Freedom, inc also!!
Slow but creative build-up to a disappointing, abrupt ending. Be prepared to purchase the sequel. I did enjoy the journey into the computer realm and into the minds of each character. The author did a great job crafting the story, making it real and plausible. I thought the narrator did a fantastic job. There is a fairly vulgar chapter early on that some females may not enjoy.
I actually read this book, and its companion 'Freedom (TM),' over a year ago. No book has ever stayed with me, or so accurately predicted events occurring today. This book is exciting from the first word, and will teach you more about security, corporate greed, and both the good and the bad that can come from reliance on technology. Very entertaining, and very informative.
Recommended by Steve Gibson from Security Now podcast. He was right, fast paced action that kept me listening. Very believable, scarily so. Moving onto Freedom TM right now.
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